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Broken weld on trailer hitch

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bigmooze, May 4, 2010.

  1. May 4, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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    bigmooze

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    I just noticed this:
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    What are the implications of using the hitch in it's current state? The welds on the back other end of the hitch (toward the front of the truck) are ok, as is the same weld on the driver side of the hitch.
     
  2. May 4, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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    It looks like the paint is cracked not the weld.
     
  3. May 4, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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    Warranty work!
    Might be OK, might not, depends on the load, driving conditions, etc.
    Looks like it was impacted, they may balk at warranty, you could always take it to a metal shop & have them lay down another bead.
     
  4. May 4, 2010 at 3:33 PM
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    looks like a bad weld ...
     
  5. May 4, 2010 at 3:34 PM
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    I'm pretty sure it's cracked, it's still hanging on at the bottom though. A couple of guys at work weld so I may ask them to re-do the one side for piece of mind.
     
  6. May 4, 2010 at 3:35 PM
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    Take a wire brusk or something and try to get the paint off. That is the only way to tell if its the weld or the paint.
     
  7. May 4, 2010 at 3:36 PM
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    torch will also work well
     
  8. May 4, 2010 at 3:39 PM
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    Thanks for the replies, I'll wait until my welding buddies are ready before I delve too deep into a repair. I'll ask the dealership tomorrow and see if warranty is a go or not.
     
  9. May 4, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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    mwild said it right . If you take a torch to it your putting way to much heat to it thus weakening the metal . I would have it replaced if possible .
     
  10. May 4, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    i didnt say to heat it up burning the paint off and getting metal hot is 2 dif things paint burns easily
     
  11. May 4, 2010 at 4:02 PM
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    That's a lot of rust for an '09... If the weld is indeed broken, have it warranty repaired.
     
  12. May 4, 2010 at 4:08 PM
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    Mostly stock for now, I have added a cb radio, various cheap mods and I plan on adding aftermarket wheels and other items in the future.
    I find it hard to believe that Toyota didn't weld it all the way around, and add a support to the top and weld there too. But I'm not an expert on welding and metal strength, so it could be fine how it is with a good weld.
     
  13. May 4, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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    We use a lot of salt here for the roads in winter. I have the truck oil sprayed every year, but still get some rust happening.
     
  14. May 4, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    If you are still within the 3/36 warranty period and the hitch is part of the factory or dealer-installed towing package then I'd guess it's under warranty and they could just quickly replace the hitch with one in stock. However, it looks to me like someone has been hammering on that hitch, so they might balk at a warranty repair, citing "wear and tear."

    That's just a bad weld but it would only take a welding shop about five minutes to fix it, and most of that time would be in grinding off the old weld. I spent an afternoon of my hunting vacation last fall fixing my brother-in-law's horse trailer, which had about twenty welds that looked just like that.
     
  15. May 6, 2010 at 6:52 PM
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    I spoke to the dealership. Since I'm out of my 3yr/60k warranty, they said that it wouldn't be covered. No big deal, the dealership have been great so far so I didn't argue.

    Instead, I headed out to one of my supervisor's places and took off the hitch. He ground down the bad weld (that's what it was) and ran another bead.

    Turns out that it wasn't as big a deal as I first thought, since that weld (and the one on the other side) only holds on the support bracket for the two bumper bolts. I still feel better for having it repaired though.

    Thanks for the replies.
     
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